Castriciones acts on reported anomalies

news national 1 pix 1 february 11 2019Agrarian Reform Secretary John R. Castriciones moved to create a task force to investigate reported irregularities in a regional office of the agency. The new group’s mandate is to come up with immediate resolutions on the concerns of farmers from Pampanga and Tarlac.

“While we are investigating this case, we will re-survey the problematic lands, process your land titles and attend to your other concerns so that there will be no wasted time,” he said.

This assertion came from a dialogue held last Thursday at the Department of Agrarian Reform Central Office.

Volunteer Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) Regional Head Pyra Lucas, who accompanied the farmers, alleged that there have been anomalies in the regional office that have delayed the awarding of the farmers’ land titles for a number of years.news national 1 pix 2 february 11 2019

The landholdings in conflict are located in Barangay Malonzo, Bamban, Tarlac; Concepcion, Tarlac;  Barangay Gutad, Florida, Pampanga; and Cabcom, Clark, Pampanga.

Castriciones assured the farmers’ groups that the present administration would exhaust its resources to resolve all land problems including those from the past.

Also present in the dialogue were Undersecretary for Field Operations Karlo S. Bello, Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Luis Pangulayan, Regional Director Homer Tobias and other DAR officials.

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